"I am interested in the captaincy," Rooney said. "I've captained United a few times and to get it on a full-time basis would be great."
Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who skippers new United manager Louis van Gaal's Holland team, is also in the running which England international Rooney was quick to acknowledge.
"I feel I am ready for (the captaincy), but it's the manager's decision," Rooney added.
"If he chooses someone else, then honestly I've got no problems with that. I will respect his decision. Robin is captain of his country, he has captained Arsenal and if Robin gets the nod to be captain, then I'm sure he'll do a great job."
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